There are no “How’s the weather?” conversations anymore. The only thing that seems to be on everyone’s mind is the increase in the cases of coronavirus. Everyone has some new bit of news and advice, as the situation unfolds, and people continue to learn more about the situation.

Some have helpful things to say but, some just spread panic. Yet others seem to be thinking that people are blowing things out of proportion. Who’s right, who’s wrong…. Who knows?

The bottom line is there is very little you can do if the virus has spread to areas close to you. Even if you take precautions, it’s almost impossible to be completely sure that you won’t get it.

Schools have been closed here and e-learning programs have been implemented. I’ve personally stocked up on disinfectants and alcohol sprays. But there’s only so much you can keep spraying.

The other worrying factor is the global economy. The world hasn’t seen financial markets in such dire conditions since the financial meltdown in 2008. Worse still, there’s not much anyone can do about it. Governments are trying to help with stimulus packages and rate cuts. But, all of these measures will take time to work its way into the system, while the contagion has a very immediate effect. I also think that all these measures may not be enough to bring the world economy back on track. It will take a while for countries to recover economically.

Everything is fluid right now. We are living in an unknown world. It’s like something out of a movie, only we don’t have the Avengers to save us.

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